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Monday, May 17, 2010
 
The Guild Leader's Handbook

Ah, the joys of transatlantic postal service! Today I received a review copy of The Guild Leader's Handbook from WoW.com writer Scott F. Andrews, published by No Starch Press, and mailed to me three weeks ago. Leading a guild in a MMORPG is a rather specialized subject area, thus No Starch Press wisely decided to market their book there where the small circle of potential customers was likely to hang out: On MMORPG blogs. By handing out free review copies left and right.

There is a detailed review on Blessing of Kings.

Another review at World of Matticus.

A medium sized review at Kill Ten Rats.

A short praise at Hardcore Casual.

A short look at We Fly Spitfires.

LarĂ­sa from the Pink Pigtail Inn opted out of a review.

And probably a lot of other sites I missed or didn't list because they weren't MMO blogs.

So what could possibly be left for me to write? Well, nothing soon, that is for sure, as I first have to read the book, and I'm currently rather busy with a lot of other stuff. But when I do, I'll probably have some thoughts to write down. Not a review, because that has already been sufficiently covered, but just some personal thoughts on where I agree or disagree with the author. I do find the subject of guild management an interesting one. And I don't mind promoting a book which would otherwise get very little attention if just placed in the window of a bookstore.
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And I don't mind promoting a book which would otherwise get very little attention if just placed in the window of a bookstore.


I did the same on my website (when i still maintained it) with books in a (radically) different niche (the more extreme edges of cinema). Even did interviews with some of the authors and thus gave them added coverage. Somehow it didnt feel like providing free publicity (traffic was significant for a while:) but more like helping a fellow enthousiast -operating is such an obscure niche he could use all the help he could get. In hindsight -of course- it IS providing free publicity. Still, i would probably do it again.
 
In hindsight -of course- it IS providing free publicity.

And what is wrong with that? Aren't most of my posts here mentioning one game or another, and thus provide free publicity to that game? And not just niche games, but also behemoths like World of Warcraft.
 
Did you say World of Warcraft? Good idea, I'll go resubscribe! Thanks Tobold! :D
 
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